The Limits of Truth: Essays
The Limits of Truth: Essays
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These intriguing essays on philosophical truth encapsulate the history and theories of truth; the acquisition of common sense; reasoning and language; and logic and science. But they go beyond the logical, propositional truth, and investigate truth in the ontological sense: for example, in faith, art, and history. The essays are literary and non-academic in style. The author has a point of view: truth is an evolutionary concept that arose among human (and hominid) societies. This evolutionary view stresses the high degree to which our reasoning and truth-telling are rooted in our emotions, which account for, not just meaning in the linguistic sense, but also meaningfulness, or emotional significance. It is the latter which leaves us open to subconscious as well as fully intentional lying, but also to great works of art and acts of faith.
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Robert N. Britcher is retired from IBM and Lockheed Martin. He holds a BA in Chemistry from Gettysburg College. He is the author of the book The Limits of Software (Addison-Wesley, 1999), a �classic in the field of software development,� and has authored dozens of articles and papers and parts of books in the computing field. He is an adjunct professor of systems at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, where he has taught five courses and the capstone project for over 25 years. He lives in Gaithersburg. MD, 20878, email:

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